Top Occupational Openings 2010-2012
Missouri is projected to have more than 157,600 job openings from 2010 to 2012. Job openings are classified as "Growth" or "Replacement."* The 20 occupations with the most projected total openings in the state include five sales-related occupations and four occupations that are health care-related.
Cashiers are projected to have the most openings from 2010 to 2012, though almost all the openings are projected to be replacements. Registered Nurses, on the other hand, have a higher number of openings due to growth than replacements indicating strong future demand in that occupation in the state.
Kansas City is projected to have 23,900 openings by 2012, St. Louis 60,700.
*Job openings: There are two sources of estimated openings. The first, openings due to growth, are the numeric change in jobs expected over the projections period. A second and equally important source of openings are net replacement openings. These openings occur when workers leave the labor force or change occupations. Workers leave the labor force for many reasons including retirement, death or disability, quitting a job to stay home or go to school. Workers also leave occupations after being promoted, changing careers after completing their education or after gaining work experience.